Liberal Party of Australia (Western Australian Division)

Liberal Party of Australia (Western Australian Division)
LeaderMike Nahan
IdeologyLiberalism
Liberal conservatism
Classical liberalism
Political positioncentre-right
National affiliationLiberal Party of Australia
Legislative Assembly
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Legislative Council
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Website
https://www.waliberal.org.au/

The Liberal Party of Australia (Western Australian Division) is the division of the Liberal Party of Australia in Western Australia. Formed in 1945, the party has held power for five separate periods in coalition with the National Party (previously the Country party). The party has been in opposition in the state since the 2017 election.

Name[]

The party initially adopted the name Liberal Party. In 1949 the party changed the name to Liberal and Country League;[1] unlike the party of the same name in South Australia this did not involve a merger with the state Country Party although one individual MLA did defect from the Country Party to the Liberals. In 1968 the party changed its name to the Liberal Party of Australia (Western Australian Division).[2]

History[]

Leaders[]

Leader Date started Date finished
Ross McDonald 1945 14 December 1946
Ross McLarty 14 December 1946 1 March 1957
David Brand 1 March 1957 5 June 1972
Charles Court 5 June 1972 25 January 1982
Ray O'Connor 25 January 1982 15 February 1984
Bill Hassell 15 February 1984 25 November 1986
Barry MacKinnon 25 November 1986 12 May 1992
Richard Court 12 May 1992 26 February 2001
Colin Barnett 26 February 2001 9 March 2005
Matt Birney 9 March 2005 24 March 2006
Paul Omodei 24 March 2006 17 January 2008
Troy Buswell 17 January 2008 4 August 2008
Colin Barnett 4 August 2008 21 March 2017
Mike Nahan 21 March 2017 present

Election results[]

Election Leader Votes % Seats +/– Position Government
1947 Ross McLarty 57,621 35.24
13 / 50
Increase 6 Increase 2nd Coalition
1950 Ross McLarty 90,089 40.08
15 / 50
Increase 2 Steady 2nd Coalition
1953 Ross McLarty 71,042 37.95
15 / 50
Steady 0 Steady 2nd Opposition
1956 Ross McLarty 98,335 33.13
11 / 50
Decrease 4 Steady 2nd Opposition
1959 David Brand 98,335 37.48
17 / 50
Increase 6 Steady 2nd Coalition
1962 David Brand 120,267 41.16
18 / 50
Increase 1 Steady 2nd Coalition
1965 David Brand 144,178 48.02
21 / 50
Increase 3 Increase 1st Coalition
1968 David Brand 141,271 44.00
19 / 51
Decrease 2 Decrease 2nd Coalition
1971 David Brand 139,865 29.66
17 / 51
Decrease 2 Steady 2nd Opposition
1974 Charles Court 208,288 40.33
23 / 51
Increase 6 Increase 1st Coalition
1977 Charles Court 287,651 49.35
27 / 55
Increase 4 Steady 1st Coalition
1980 Charles Court 257,218 43.75
26 / 55
Decrease 1 Steady 1st Coalition
1983 Ray O'Connor 256,846 39.86
20 / 57
Decrease 6 Decrease 2nd Opposition
1986 Bill Hassell 324,961 41.32
19 / 57
Decrease 1 Steady 2nd Opposition
1989 Barry MacKinnon 344,524 42.79
20 / 57
Increase 1 Steady 2nd Opposition
1993 Richard Court 402,402 44.15
26 / 57
Increase 6 Increase 1st Coalition
1996 Richard Court 384,518 39.90
29 / 57
Increase 3 Steady 1st Coalition
2001 Richard Court 319,927 31.16
16 / 57
Decrease 13 Decrease 2nd Opposition
2005 Colin Barnett 382,014 35.64
18 / 57
Increase 2 Steady 2nd Opposition
2008 Colin Barnett 418,208 38.39
24 / 59
Increase 6 Steady 2nd Coalition
2013 Colin Barnett 583,500 47.62
31 / 59
Increase 7 Increase 1st Coalition
2017 Colin Barnett 412,710 31.23
13 / 59
Decrease 18 Decrease 2nd Opposition

See also[]

References[]

  1. ^ "Parliament of Western Australia, Assembly election 1950 - Details of Australian election results in the Australian Politics and Elections Database". Elections.uwa.edu.au. Retrieved 2018-07-15.
  2. ^ "Parliament of Western Australia, Assembly election 1971 - Details of Australian election results in the Australian Politics and Elections Database". Elections.uwa.edu.au. Retrieved 2018-07-15.

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